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Code Pink — the anti-war, largely female, peace-pushing group that formed in the run-up the Iraq invasion — knows how to paint the town. Well, a Hummer actually. A scrapped one, salvaged from a local junkyard and converted into a colorful installation that's part garden, part public art and part anti-war monument in the Heidelberg Project.

"Farewell to gas-guzzling, farewell to wars and occupation. We're saying farewell to macho ideas of ruling the world, conquering the word. Farewell to dominance and military bases all over the world," said Rae Abileah, one of Code Pink's national organizers. Dozens of members are in Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum.

About 100 people worked throughout Monday with 40 remaining for the late afternoon "funeral," an impromptu, unscripted memorial ceremony that included personal testimonials; pledges to bike, walk, skate and use public transportation more; and "Good-bye Hummer" to the tune of "Hello Dolly."

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